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Group to hike Raven Trail

The Outdoor Women’s Group will meet to hike the Raven Nature Trail east of Woodruff Sunday, May 4, at 1:30 p.m. The meeting point will be at 8368 Woodruff Road.

Participants may take along spring flower guides and bird references to help others learn to help identify flowers and birds.

Attendees also should also take a snack to share with others following the hike.

All new and former participants are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Norma at (715) 477-1984.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 1:18 PM
 
Leftover tags still available for spring turkey season

Though the 2014 spring turkey season is officially under way in Wisconsin, there are still tags available and a number of public hunting lands to enable hunters to give the season a try.

“With such a large number of public hunting lands available and almost 38,000 leftover turkey tags left for the spring season, 2014 is an excellent year for first-timers and seasoned veterans alike to head out and turkey hunt,” said Scott Walter, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) upland wildlife ecologist.

No additional permits are available in turkey management Zone 7

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 1:17 PM
 
DNR officials report fish kills on some North Woods lakes
While an aerator is keeping the water open on a portion of Thunder Lake, the DNR reports a winter fish kill on the lake, including bluegills, walleyes and crappies.        —STAFF PHOTO
By Gary Ridderbusch
News-Review Editor

With more than two feet of ice still covering some lakes in the North Woods, state fish biologists are expecting an increase in fish kills due to low oxygen levels in some shallower lakes.

Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fish biologist John Kubisiak in Rhinelander said he has heard reports of dead fish on Thunder Lake, Sweeney Lake and Buckskin Lake, though none of them are severe at this time.

“Thunder Lake has a big aerator and Buckskin

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:00 AM
 
Hunters donate venison

Hunters, meat processors and food pantries helped the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and its partners donate more than 90,000 pounds of venison to those in need in 2013.

“We are very proud to be part of this community-based program,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. “Anytime we can have a safe, successful deer hunt and donate valuable food to our pantries it’s a win-win for Wisconsin.”

More than 2,000 deer were donated through the DNR deer donation program and processed packages of ground venison were distributed to food pantries statewide.

The number of deer donated decreased by 27%

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:59 AM
 
Hunters ask DNR questions on transporting deer, using tags
By News-Review Staff

In a new twist this year, the annual spring deer herd status meetings were also held in conjunction with the Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings in all 72 counties in the state last Monday.

The herd status meetings, held locally in Rhinelander for Oneida County residents and in St. Germain for Vilas County residents, provided an early opportunity for hunters and other interested individuals to discuss the current status of the deer herd and ask other deer management questions.

In addition, local wildlife biologists presented

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:59 AM
 
Free shooting class offered for youths

The Boulder Junction Shooting Range will hold a youth shooting-instruction program Thursday evenings from May 15 through June 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.

This program will be limited to 10 young men and women, ages 12 to 17, who must be accompanied by an adult.

Participants will learn gun and shooting safety and practice shooting clay targets.

The program is free, and all targets,

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:58 AM
 
‘First turkey’ certificates offered through DNR

More than 135,000 hunters take to the woods each year in Wisconsin to pursue the wild turkey, many for the first time.

To help preserve these memories, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will provide first-time successful turkey hunters with a free, personalized certificate if the hunters fill out an electronic form and, if they want, submit a photo of themselves with their turkey.

“It’s our little way of saying congratulations to all

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:58 AM
 
Deer status meetings added

Spring fish and wildlife hearings
planned in every county April 14

Dozens of advisory questions on hunting and fishing topics will be up for a vote at the 2014 Spring Fish and Wildlife Hearings next Monday, April 14, across the state.

A trolling rule change is the only proposed specific rule change to be voted on at the 2014 hearings, which will be held in each Wisconsin county starting at 7 p.m. (See story on trolling question on front page.)

The hearings in this area will be at the St. Germain Elementary School for Vilas County; at the James William Middle School in Rhinelander for Oneida County; and at Crandon High School for Forest County.

People interested in natural resources management

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:50 PM
 
Private, tribal hatcheries get grants to increase walleye production: Stepp
Private and tribal fish hatcheries will get $2 million in state grants for producing larger walleyes for stocking in Wisconsin lakes.                                                     —Contributed Photo

Six private and three tribal fish hatcheries — including the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians — will get a total of $2 million in one-time grants for projects that will increase their capacity to produce larger walleye for stocking in Wisconsin by 470,000 fish per year, state fisheries officials say.

The hatcheries are receiving the grants from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as part of a competitive grant process funded through

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:49 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 08, 2014 1:34 PM )
 
Youths turkey hunt scheduled this weekend

It couldn’t get much easier to take a youngster hunting than the spring turkey hunt for youths this Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13.

Parents, guardians and mentors can take any youth ages 10 through 15, who has a tag and license, on the special turkey hunt.

The first of six regular seven-day turkey hunting seasons will start Wednesday, April 16.

The two-day spring youth hunt, initiated in 2007,

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:47 PM
 
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